I called 2015 “a GREAT year for music” but couldn’t have imagined that the year to follow would blow it out of the water. 2016 had one of the strongest lineups for releases in recent memory — starting fast and strong, and ending even stronger. What made it great though wasn’t just its volume of releases, but also its range. Major artists across all genres seemed to save their latest and greatest for release in 2016.
My merits for ranking include production style and quality, lyrics, live concert experiences, and more. Here are my favorite albums of 2016.